I've been asked by my sister to come out and shoot her softball team, which she is coaching and her daughter (my niece) is on, and put together a slide show for them. I've done this in the past and have sold the dvd slide shows to the parents. Not something that will make me rich but fun none the less and something I enjoy doing.
These first three shots are of their two pitchers. My technique to capture great shots of pitchers is to take the shots while their warming up at the beginning of an inning. As they warm up I will kneel behind the catcher and slightly off to one side to get a unobstructed direct view of the pitcher. Now there is a slight risk when doing this because a missed ball by the catcher can hit you hard, so if you do try this technique, please be careful and be very aware of what's going on. Just go into this knowing that you will get hit and it will only hurt for a little bit. Well at least that's what I tell the kids.
For these shots I used my 70-200 f/2.8L.
Now for some shots of the batters. The best shots of a batter will always, or at least almost always, have the ball in the shot. A better shot is when you have a bob (ball on bat) shot, which I came pretty close to on this first shot.